The Christmas Season marks an end to our two-month deputation/furlough. God has been so good to allow meetings in supporting churches, new churches, and time with individual supporters. Financially, this is not the best time for churches across the country, so new support may be minimal. However, the trip has been immensely profitable for us spiritually and physically and new prayer supporters have been recruited. Each time we have seen our own DVD Ministry Presentation, we have felt called to Québec all over again! We are anxious now to get back to the work!
Melanie and I wanted to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. We will be blessed to celebrate a U.S. Thanksgiving with Melanie?s side of the family here in California. Our children will celebrate with the Webster side of the family in North Carolina. God has been so faithful to our whole family through another year. He has kept His promises to provide spiritually, physically, and financially. He has done so in regards to the work in Québec, and he has done so for our three children who are currently in Christian University. Humanly speaking, these are difficult days for the missionary seeking financial support. However, we know that God pays for what he orders (1Thess 5.24)!
We are just about halfway through our deputation/furlough trip. There is no way to describe how profitable it has been thus far. We have had meetings in new churches, spent quality time with individual supporters, attended several conferences, and have had great time with family here in California that we often do not see. And yes, there has also been ample time for “pull back”. We have seen some incredible scenery, enjoyed beautiful Southern California weather, and been able to catch up on edifying and challenging reading.
The trek back East begins the weekend after Thanksgiving with a meeting at Trinity Baptist in Bullhead City, Arizona. We will gradually make our way back to the Carolinas. There we hope to be present for the birth of our third grandchild, then spend Christmas with kids, grand kids, and Mike?s side of the family before heading back to Québec before New Year’s.
None of this would be possible without the ministry of our coworkers, John and Judy Garris, who have faithfully continued in our place in Quebec City. Do continue to pray for them and the work. God is doing some good things and we are greatly encouraged. Remember to pray for Placide Savard, his son Jeremie, as well as Dave Martin who are helping with the preaching and teaching. We’d ask you to pray especially for Judy Garris as her father passed away just the other day in Michigan. She was able to be present in the days before and will remain in Michigan until just before Thanksgiving.
Thank you all for your prayerful interest in our lives and ministry!
We still have some dates available for meetings in or near the Carolinas in December. E-mail us or give us a call at 336-432-5763 if you would like to have us and we will do our best to work things out.
Our Deputation/Furlough trip for 2009 is about to begin! Here is a Calendar for an idea of our general whereabouts through December. If you would like to contact us about a meeting just send an e-mail.